Rodeo kicks off spring season; five in top ten for region

Central Wyoming College’s rodeo team kicked off the spring season in Torrington with many contestants placing in the top ten; putting the men’s team in the number six spot for the region.

Freshman Brady Thurston took the number one spot at the Eastern Wyoming College rodeo in steer wrestling with a time of 5.7 seconds in the long go-round and 6.6 seconds in the short go-round. Also placing in the steer wrestling event was Dalton Burgener, freshman with 7.3 seconds in the long go-round and 8.3 seconds in the short go-round putting him in sixth place.

Colton Miller, senior won the saddle bronc riding event with a 72 point ride in the long go-round and coming back in the final round with a higher score of 75 points.

In the team roping event freshman Teigen Finnerty and roping partner Cody Ballek from Sheridan College placed fifth with a time of 6.9 seconds in the long go-round and 10.8 in the short go-round.

The men tallied 408.3 points at the EWC rodeo putting them in second place. CSC tallied 815 points and the rest of the teams scored below 300 points.

This puts five rodeo team members in the top ten leader board for the Central Rocky Mountain Region. Miller is in second for saddle bronc riding with a total of 635 points just behind Travis Nelson of Gillette College who has 690 points.

Finnerty is sixth in the region as a header for the team roping event with a total of 185 points. And three CWC steer wrestlers are in the top ten with Coltin Hill in third, Thurston in fourth and Burgener in seventh place.

“This is the best rodeo and short round that the men’s team has had all year,” said Drew Schrock, rodeo coach. “Overall their performance has been good. This team has been through a lot this year but they practice hard and have a lot to be excited for. If they keep working towards the things they want and keep that winning mindset they will do well. This team has a good attitude and work ethic; more than any team I’ve had here.”

Chadron State College is taking the lead in the region for the men’s team with 3,095 points followed by EWC with 2,107 points. CWC is only 434 points from second place in the region.

For the women’s team Gillette College is in the lead with 1,673.30 points, second is the University of Wyoming with 1,395 points and CWC is in the number ten spot with 195 points.

“The women made some minor mistakes but with two and three second runs can make those minor mistakes big ones,” Schrock said. “I wish the women had better luck at this rodeo but they kept good attitudes throughout the rodeo.

The Rustlers will travel to Gillette for the Gillette College rodeo March 18-20.

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